Young Londoners Fund and Hackney

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th July 2019.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

How is funding from the Young Londoners Fund being used to tackle issues of serious youth violence in Hackney?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Young Londoners Fund is helping children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It is supporting a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities for young Londoners. The Young Londoners Fund is part of my public health approach to reducing violence and works alongside my Violence Reduction Unit.

24 projects working with young people from Hackney were awarded grants through the first round of the Young Londoners Fund. These projects plan to support over 1,800 young people from the borough who are at risk of social exclusion or involvement in criminal activity or are already involved in criminal activity.

For example, ELATT is running the Connected Youth project. This will provide intensive support for young people who are at risk of exclusion from school and have not succeeded within mainstream education settings. It offers a holistic package including one-to-one mentoring, taster vocational sessions and formal training or work experience. Further information about all the Young Londoners Fund projects can be found at www.london.gov.uk/young-londoners-fund